Jan. 19, 2005
will kick off its month-long recognition of Black History
Month with the presentation "White
Privilege, Prejudice, and Power" by Eddie Moore
Jr., on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11:45
a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
Moore, a diversity
consultant and director of intercultural life at Central
College in Pella, Iowa, will speak on the privileges of being
white in today's society.
Moore is the owner
of America & Moore, a research and consulting firm that
specializes in diversity and cultural competency training.
He has facilitated diversity training for more than 2,800
municipal employees in Iowa and several of the state's colleges
Moore 's presentation
is one of a host of February events at Morningside which focus
on the history and achievements of African-Americans. The
free events are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural
Arts Series (ACAS), and are open to the public. Other events
Feb. 2: Writing on Wednesdays will host a celebration
of African-American writers as part of the 16th annual
National African-American Read-In. Oral readings from
a variety of works by people of color will be featured during
the event. The National African-American Read-In is sponsored
by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of
English (NCTE) and by NCTE, and includes more than one million
participants from 49 states and several foreign countries.
12:45 p.m., Hickman Dining Room
of the Olsen Student Center.
Feb. 7: Showing of "The Tuskegee Airmen,"
a 1994 film based on the true story of the World War II United
States Army Air Corps "Fighting 99th," the first squadron
of African-American combat fighter pilots. Not rated. 6:30
p.m., UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln
Feb. 16: Local activist and community leader Dick
Hayes will discuss the history and significance of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
11:45 a.m., UPS Auditorium of
the Lincoln Center.
Feb. 16 , comedian Preacher Moss will present
his "End of Racism" comedy and lecture tour. With his insight
on "racial understanding versus racial interaction," this
writer for "The Damon Wayans Show" and "Saturday Night Live"
is described as one of the funniest social commentators on
the college scene today. 4 p.m.,
Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center.
Sponsored in part by the Morningside Activities Council.
Feb. 21 : Showing of "Rosewood," the 1997
film based on the true story about a racist lynch mob attack
on an African-American community in Florida in 1923. Rated
"R." 6:30 p.m.,
UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
Feb. 23 : "Addressing Stereotypes of People of
Color." Sioux City community leaders including Flora Lee,
Norma DeLao, and others will address the notion of how stereotypes
are formed. 11:45 a.m.,
UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center.
Black History Month
was initially observed as Black History Week in 1926 by Carter
G. Woodsen, noted scholar, historian, and founder of the Association
for the Study of Negro Life and History, later known as the
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
(ASALH). The celebration expanded in 1976 and is now celebrated
all over North America.
Every year since
1926, ASALH sets the national theme for the celebration. The
theme for Black History Month 2005 is "The Niagara Movement:
Black Protest Reborn 1905-2005," which marks the founding
of the first significant African-American-organized protest
movement of the 20th century. Led by W. E. B. DuBois and William
M. Trotter, the Niagara Movement consisted of a group of 29
African-American men who first met in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The organization, considered the forerunner of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People, protested
against racial discrimination in the United States.
For more information on these events,
contact Sandi O'Brien, director of diversity affairs at Morningside
College, at (712) 274-5123, or the Public Relations office